Commenting on this week’s announcement on Scotland’s new Deposit Return Scheme, Willie Mackenzie, oceans expert for Greenpeace, said:

“We welcome news that Scotland will lead the way by introducing a deposit-return scheme for drinks bottles and cans. This is a practical solution to stop material like plastic being thrown away and ending up in our rivers and oceans.

“Crucially Scotland’s scheme will be far-reaching and include glass bottles, which is what the public supports and will drastically boost recycling collection rates.

“The government in Westminster must now follow suit without delay and introduce a deposit-return scheme which covers bottles of all sizes and materials.”